PESHAWAR: In yet another attack on a high-ranking government official, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s Minister for Housing and Physical Planning Amjad Khan Afridi cabinet minister escaped unhurt on Monday when Taliban militants opened fire on his vehicle in Kohat district, officials said.
The provincial minister, who belongs to Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), was travelling in his bullet-proof car when militants hiding in the Bilitang area of Kohat district opened fire, police said.
“Militants fired three sniper shots from the nearby hills. One bullet hit the car’s windscreen. The minister is safe,” Mubarak Zeb, police chief in Kohat district, told AFP.
“The minister was the target. Militants were involved in this attack,” he added.
An intelligence official in Peshawar blamed the attack on the Taliban. Afridi had a police escort at the time of the attack, the official added.
The minister’s family has also come under attack thrice in the past. A year ago, suspected militants attacked Afridi’s father in the same area, killing one of his guards. Afridi’s father and uncle, however, survived the attack, sustaining minor injuries.
In two other attempts, militants fired rockets at a CNG station owned by the minister and attacked a flour mill, also owned by him. However, there were no causalities in either of the attacks.
(WITH ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY OUR CORRESPONDENT)
Published in The Express Tribune, November 1st, 2011.
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